Tahlequah, OK

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Population

48,404

0.284% growth

Poverty Rate

21.1%


Median Age

35


Median Household Income

$39,187

1.56% growth

Number of Employees

19,399

0.165% growth

Median Property Value

$111,300

2.39% growth

About

In 2017, Tahlequah, OK had a population of 48.4k people with a median age of 35 and a median household income of $39,187. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Tahlequah, OK grew from 48,267 to 48,404, a 0.284% increase and its median household income grew from $38,585 to $39,187, a 1.56% increase.

The population of Tahlequah, OK is 48.3% White Alone, 33.2% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 9.4% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Tahlequah, OK speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Tahlequah, OK are Northeastern State University (1,832 degrees awarded in 2017), Indian Capital Technology Center-Tahlequah (243 degrees), and Beauty Technical College Inc (7 degrees).

The median property value in Tahlequah, OK is $111,300, and the homeownership rate is 66.5%. Most people in Tahlequah, OK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Tahlequah, OK is 2 cars per household.

Tahlequah, OK borders Fort Smith, AR-OK, Muskogee, OK, and Tulsa, OK.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Tahlequah, OK employs 19.4k people. The largest industries in Tahlequah, OK are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,000 people), Educational Services (2,667 people), and Retail Trade (2,267 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($50,536), Manufacturing ($40,790), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($37,036).

Median household income in Tahlequah, OK is $39,187. Males in Tahlequah, OK have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,687. The income inequality in Tahlequah, OK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.455, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,187

2017 value

± $1,462

1.56%

1 Year Growth

± 5.83%

Households in Tahlequah, OK have a median annual income of $39,187, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $38,585 in 2016, which represents a 1.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$57,090

Average Male Salary

± $1,576

$39,687

Average Female Salary

± $1,128

In 2017, full-time male employees in Oklahoma made 1.44 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Oklahoma by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $46,109 ± $1,108

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $44,605 ± $18,568

  3. Asian

    $44,604 ± $6,576

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Oklahoma workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Tahlequah, OK is from Oklahoma.

0.455

2017 Wage GINI

0.455

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.455 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0213% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Oklahoma was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oklahoma in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Oklahoma across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Tahlequah, OK was Canadian County, OK with a value of $70,204, followed by Wagoner County, OK and Cleveland County, OK, with respective values of $62,421 and $62,096.

The following map shows all of the counties in Tahlequah, OK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Tahlequah, OK (9.82k out of 46.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,513 ± 422

  2. Native American

    3,541 ± 355

  3. Hispanic

    1,296 ± 221

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Tahlequah, OK is White, followed by Native American and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

19.4k

2017 Value

± 903

0.165%

1 Year growth

± 6.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Tahlequah, OK grew at a rate of 0.165%, from 19.4k employees to 19.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Tahlequah, OK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,087 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,708 people), and Management Occupations (1,611 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Tahlequah, OK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Tahlequah, OK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,087 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,708 people), and Management Occupations (1,611 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Tahlequah, OK has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.89 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.19 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.71 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Tahlequah, OK, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,542), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,233), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($56,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

19.4k

2017 Value

± 903

0.165%

1 Year growth

± 6.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Tahlequah, OK grew at a rate of 0.165%, from 19.4k employees to 19.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Tahlequah, OK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,000 people), Educational Services (2,667 people), and Retail Trade (2,267 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Tahlequah, OK, though some of these residents may live in Tahlequah, OK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Tahlequah, OK, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,000 people), Educational Services (2,667 people), and Retail Trade (2,267 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Tahlequah, OK has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.1 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2 times), and Utilities (1.75 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Tahlequah, OK, by median earnings, are Utilities ($50,536), Manufacturing ($40,790), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($37,036).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Oklahoma to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $60.6B

  2. $20.5B

  3. $18.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $60.6B, followed by Fuel oils ($20.5B) and Gasoline ($18.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Oklahoma products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$237B

2020 Value

$309B

Projected 2045 Value

30.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Oklahoma trade was $237B. This is expected to increase 30.4% to $309B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Oklahoma trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Oklahoma to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $43.1B

  2. $21.9B

  3. $8.38B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $43.1B, followed by Kansas with $21.9B and Arkansas and $8.38B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Oklahoma shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

76.9% of the population of Tahlequah, OK has health coverage, with 33.8% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 11.5% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 2.71% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Tahlequah, OK was $7,627 in 2014. This is a 4.58% increase from the previous year ($7,293).

Primary care physicians in Tahlequah, OK see 1587 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.8% increase from the previous year (1559 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1704 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 264 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Adair County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,587 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Oklahoma see an average of 1,587 patients per year. This represents a 1.8% increase from the previous year (1,559 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Oklahoma in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,627

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,878

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,529

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Oklahoma (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.58%, from $7,293 to $7,627.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

23.1%

Uninsured

33.8%

Employer Coverage

16.8%

Medicaid

11.5%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

2.71%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Tahlequah, OK declined by 2.91% from 23.7% to 23.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Tahlequah, OK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.2% prevalence

  3. 15.9% prevalence

Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Oklahoma, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Oklahoma by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Tahlequah, OK is home to a population of 48.4k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.91% of Tahlequah, OK residents were born outside of the country (1.41k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Tahlequah, OK is composed of 23.4k White Alone residents (48.3%), 16.1k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (33.2%), 4.55k Two or More Races residents (9.4%), 3.32k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.86%), 618 Black or African American Alone residents (1.28%), 312 Asian Alone residents (0.645%), 145 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.3%), and 7 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0145%).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Tahlequah, OK was 35. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Tahlequah, OK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Tahlequah, OK residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.91%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.41k people

2.87%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.38k people

As of 2017, 2.91% of Tahlequah, OK residents (1.41k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Tahlequah, OK was 2.87%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    107,425 ± 7,935 people

  2. Vietnam

    15,408 ± 3,041 people

  3. India

    7,989 ± 2,192 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oklahoma was Mexico, the natal country of 107,425 Oklahoma residents, followed by Vietnam with 15,408 and India with 7,989.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Tahlequah, OK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Tahlequah, OK was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    23.4k ± 23

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    16.1k ± 620

  3. Two or More Races

    4.55k ± 612

In 2017, there were 1.45 times more White Alone residents (23.4k people) in Tahlequah, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.1k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 4.55k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Tahlequah, OK as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,396 ± 164

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    403 ± 117

  3. Korea

    368 ± 117

Tahlequah, OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Tahlequah, OK awarded 2,082 degrees. The student population of Tahlequah, OK is skewed towards women, with 3,226 male students and 5,039 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Tahlequah, OK are White (1,077 and 52.5%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (443 and 21.6%), Two or More Races (254 and 12.4%), and Hispanic or Latino (114 and 5.56%).

The largest universities in Tahlequah, OK by number of degrees awarded are Northeastern State University (1,832 and 88%), Indian Capital Technology Center-Tahlequah (243 and 11.7%), and Beauty Technical College Inc (7 and 0.336%).

The most popular majors in Tahlequah, OK are Other Research & Experimental Psychology (123 and 5.91%), Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (112 and 5.38%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (88 and 4.23%).

The median tuition costs in Tahlequah, OK are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,205 and $12,900 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Tahlequah, OK was Elementary Education & Teaching with 88 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Tahlequah, OK according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,832 degrees awarded

  2. 243 degrees awarded

  3. 7 degrees awarded

$5,205

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Tahlequah, OK institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northeastern State University with 1,832 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

772

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,310

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 772 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Tahlequah, OK, which is 0.589 times less than the 1,310 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,077 degrees awarded

  2. American Indian or Alaska Native

    443 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    254 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Tahlequah, OK were to White students. These 1,077 degrees mean that there were 2.43 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 443 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Tahlequah, OK was $111,300 in 2017, which is 0.485 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $108,700 to $111,300, a 2.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Tahlequah, OK is 66.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Tahlequah, OK have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Tahlequah, OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$111,300

2017 Median

± $3,729

$108,700

2016 Median

± $4,465

In 2017, the median property value in Tahlequah, OK grew to to $111,300 from the previous year's value of $108,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Tahlequah, OK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Tahlequah, OK the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$39,187

Median Household Income

± $1,462

16.4k

Number of Households

± 652

In 2017, the median household income of the 16.4k households in Tahlequah, OK grew to $39,187 from the previous year's value of $38,585.

The following chart displays the households in Tahlequah, OK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Tahlequah, OK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Tahlequah, OK the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.5%

2017 Homeownership

66.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.5% of the housing units in Tahlequah, OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Tahlequah, OK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Tahlequah, OK have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.81% of the workforce in Tahlequah, OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.6%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.78%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Tahlequah, OK was Drove Alone (80.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.1%) and those who Worked At Home (3.78%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Tahlequah, OK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Tahlequah, OK have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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